A recent study by Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies takes an in-depth look into the “who and why” of Connecticut private land ownership. The study entitled “Understanding Connecticut Woodland Owners” is a first-of-its-kind analysis of the attitude, values, and challenges of people who own woodlands in Connecticut.
The Southern Group of State Foresters is holding its 2015 conference in the Alamo City. Alongside colleagues from numerous state and federal agencies, forest-based industries and non-profits, attendees have an opportunity to learn, share and consider the unique challenges and opportunities ahead for southern forests.
South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama has been selected to receive the Society of American Foresters’ Gifford Pinchot Medal. One of the most esteemed forestry awards in the nation, the medal is presented every two years to a forestry professional in recognition of exceptional contributions to the administration, practice and development of forestry in North America.
Nominees for the Gifford Pinchot Medal have demonstrated exemplary actions that further the field of forestry by making an indelible mark on the profession and being a person of action.
During the Memorial Day weekend, as part of a month-long string of weather incidents, deadly storms struck parts of Texas and Oklahoma dumping record rainfall and causing torrential flooding. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, bridges and roads were washed out, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. was brought to a stand-still, at least 5 people were killed and countless others are injured or missing.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared disasters in 37 counties and said “It is absolutely massive -- the relentless tsunami-type power of this wave of water."
Foresters from across the United States' affiliated Pacific Islands met in Yap, Micronesia this month for their annual collaboration meeting.
From March 1-6, about 50 attendees took part in Yap Days cultural observances; field visits to forest, fire and watershed restoration sites; and coordination meetings with partners in the USDA Forest Service, Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) and executive director of the Council of Western State Foresters, Micronesia Conservation Trust, and Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
The Florida Forest Service team has been busy in Jackson County recently. On Monday, crew members were creating a fire line for private property owners, and also took time to deliver a big piece of equipment to one of the local volunteer fire departments.
The Svalbard "doomsday" vault, known for protecting global food crop seeds, has accepted its first delivery of forest tree species seeds.
Norway spruce and Scots pine samples have entered the vault inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago. The frozen depository opened in 2008 and is designed to withstand all natural and human disasters.
Researchers hope the tree seed samples will help monitor long-term genetic changes in natural forests.
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